Friday, Jun 04, 2021 7:00p -
Friday, Jun 18, 2021 11:59p
Boston, MA 02110
Music, Performing Arts, Virtual & Streaming
Castle of our Skins presents From the Motherland, a virtual on-demand experience exploring Zimbabwean cultural roots and a personal rite of passage into womanhood.
Featuring a series of twelve songs entitled Mwedzi (moon, menstrual cycle, and month in Chivanhu culture), From the Motherland including original works by Shirley Graham du Bois Creative in Residence Tanyaradzwa A. Tawengwa for solo voice, mbira, piano, percussion and bass.
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Mambano/Tanyaradzwa A. Tawengwa: voice, piano, percussion, mbira, composer, music director, music producer
Etienne Charles: percussion, piano, co-music director, co-producer
Gerson Lazo-Quiroga: bass
Nontsikelelo Mutiti: set consultant
Emily Bearce: lighting designer
Bearwalk Cinema: audio/videography*
*filmed at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre
"Mwedzi tells the story of my rite of passage into Womanhood. This twelve-year journey began in 2008, when I left Zimbabwe for the USA. As an African immigrant in the Global West, staying grounded in ancestral wisdom has been vital for my survival. Mwedzi shares this wisdom and honors the healing power of ancestors, the Divine Feminine and self-love.”
- Mambano Tanyaradzwa A. Tawengwa
From the Motherland is funded in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. It is co-sponsored by the BCA where Castle of our Skins is a Launchpad Resident at Boston Center for the Arts.